Expert Guide to Spring Plumbing Maintenance

May 20, 2016

You may already understand that your heating and cooling equipment needs annual HVAC (Heating, Ventilation, Air Conditioning) maintenance, but did you realize that you also should have an expert perform your annual plumbing maintenance? Roland J. Down Service Experts Heating & Air Conditioning offers the Plumbing PLUS™ Maintenance Agreement for Albany homeowners to help them uncover issues before they become big problems. While we recommend calling immediately for plumbing problems and arrange for your plumbing maintenance every year, here are three ways you can get your home in great plumbing shape for spring.

  • Verify any plumbing leaks

Check your home’s faucets and toilets for any leaks. Make sure there isn’t any water dripping out of or around the connections when you turn off your faucets. If there is, swapping out the fixtures or repairing the leak could help better the faucet’s operation and may even lower your water bill.

After the faucets, check any accessible pipes for evidence of leaks. You can usually see visible pipes in basements and below sinks. Sometimes pipes can freeze and then crack so spring is the perfect time to make sure the winter weather didn’t cause any damage or plumbing problems.

  •       Give your drains some long overdue TLC
Check your toilet for any leaks or cracks in both the tank and the bowl. If your toilet looks like it’s in good condition, go ahead and add about six drops of food dye into the tank water. Wait half an hour and then check the bowl. If the bowl water is not colored with the dye, you’re good to go. If the dye appears in the bowl, you may have a leak and will want to call a plumbing expert.
  •       Don’t forget your water heater maintenance
If a stench seems to be coming from any of the drains in your home, it could be a sign that plumbing maintenance is required. A properly working drain shouldn’t release smells into the air. Confirm there are strains installed in all your drains to prevent hair and other waste from spoiling in the pipes and resulting in a clog. Once you’ve treated them with a common drain cleaner, pour a gallon of water through drains that are not used regularly. This will fill the trap and help to stop odors from getting in and filling up your home.

Your water heater takes great care of you so ensure you’re returning the favor. Remember that newer water heaters have more energy efficiency, so if yours is more than 15 years old, it may be about time to purchase a new one to help make sure you don’t have that unexpected burst of cold water for several days. Whether or not you plan on purchasing an upgraded water heater, there are a few things you can do to help keep it working properly.

Make sure the temperature setting on the equipment is not set higher than 120°F. This will help reduce your energy consumption (and help decrease your bills) while also avoiding scalding. As a safety precaution, you will want to relocate any objects from around the water heater. Your yearly Plumbing PLUS Maintenance program includes a water heater maintenance; and it may actually help your water heater be more efficient and avoid plumbing problems moving forward.

These are just a couple ways of how to help get your plumbing springtime-ready, but if you are not comfortable completing any of these tasks, please call Roland J. Down Service Experts Heating & Air Conditioning and we can come out and conduct your seasonal plumbing maintenance and rectify (or help avoid) any plumbing problems.

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